The Ashanti Regional Secretary of the Convention People's Party (CPP) , Issah Abdul Salam has lauded government’s effort to deploy a total of 8700 CCTV cameras to beef up operations of the law enforcement agencies in the country.
Speaking on SilverFM’s OmanbapaShow , Abdul described the President’s attempt as plausible but was quick to add that there was more room for improvement since the CCTV cameras alone cannot help in fighting crime.
“The world is growing faster than we thought due to the diverse technologies and so if the government has promised to mobilize whatever assistance it can to enable the Police provide the Ghanaian people the kind of service they deserve then it is a very good intervention”
“But this would not solve the problem…..This is because if a criminal is caught in a CCTV camera footage for a supposed crime the chances of the suspect eluding or travelling outside the borders of the country becomes high”
“What we need to implement now is a well structured national identification system which will have the biometric data of all citizens…with this every criminal or suspect can be readily identified within the shortest possible time to effect arrest within timelines”
“The Police must always be ahead of the criminals” he lamented.
President Akufo-Addo has said that the aim of his administration is to strengthen the Police, to make it an honest, disciplined, efficient and robust force, whose emphasis will be on proactive and preventive policing, rather than reactive.
“This year, we are undertaking the rehabilitation of police stations across the country to standardize the infrastructure”
“In addition to recruiting some 4,000 more police officers this year, negotiations have just been completed for the roll-out of Phase II of the Alpha Project, which involves the deployment of a total of 8,700 CCTV cameras across all the districts, with three command centres in Accra, Kumasi and Tamale.”…….Akufo Addo made his intentions known while addressing the public on Sunday, 18th March, 2018, when he commissioned the Bekwai Divisional Police Headquarters, constructed by the Member of Parliament for Bekwai, Joseph Osei Wusu.
The Bekwai Divisional Police Headquarters is the second building constructed for the Police in Bekwai, and will serve the peoples of Amansie West, Amansie Central, Bekwai, Bosome Freho and Fomena.